For 2015 Schecter took the Diamond-P shape and redesigned it from the ground up to have a vintage look while having top of the line electronics, versatile tone possibilities, and modern construction.
Starting with the Seymour Duncan Pickups, the bridge pickup is the MM style ˜SMB-4D', and the neck pickup is the Quarter Pound P ˜SPB-3'. The SMB-4D is a hum-canceling pickup offering a balanced, highly musical tone contour with a richly articulated bottom, lots of midrange, and the treble has a great bite. The SPB-3 pickup features quarter-inch diameter pole pieces expanding the magnetic field and extending the frequency ranges for a fat, full, punchy sound with tremendous mid-range presence and maximum output. Though often used for heavy rock tones, this pickup gives amazing tonal versatility to a single pickup instrument making this the most popular Seymour Duncan Bass pickup.
The master volume knob features a ˜Series-Parallel' push-pull pot wired for the ˜SMB-4D' MM bridge pickup. In ˜series' (down position) the Seymour Duncan MM is wired as a high output humbucker with massive Low-end and amazing midrange attack. In ˜parallel' (up position) still hum-cancelling the pickup has a wonderful vintage tone rounding off the midrange and focusing on a sparkling treble upper spectrum in tone.
Schecter was looking for the most versatile tone possibilities so they developed this bass with a 4-way rotary pickup selector switch. This gives you the option to combine the bridge and neck pickup in Series or in Parallel.
Position 1- Bridge Pickup
Position 2- Bridge & Neck in 'Parallel'. This is the normal side by side wiring method for two bass pickups. This position retains brilliance and additional clarity on the high end.
Position 3- Bridge & Neck in 'Series'. This humbucker wiring method adds 30% output compared to 'parallel' adding a fuller, and more powerful sound. Taking the SMB-4D and Quarter Pound SPB-3 pickup, both massive on their own, and then selecting the 'series' position you get a Superbucker with enough torque to kick start a 10,000hp dragster. Inspiring and groundbreaking in tone.
Position 4- Neck Pickup
Schecter took these wiring features and then added the Seymour Duncan 2-Band Active EQ with 18v system for even more tone shaping versatility. This enables the player to add or subtract EQ at center frequencies voiced specifically for electric bass. The lows are deep, clear, and tight. There are two treble ˜dip switch' frequency centers to choose from. The lower setting is perfect for adding growl and bite to traditional P, J, and MM tones. The higher setting provides crystal clear top end to modern-sounding, full-frequency bass tones with punishing clarity without any brittleness.
After they got the Electronics tricked out, Schecter worked on the Construction of the bass.
The bolt-on neck joint was reshaped and contoured for smoother access to the higher frets. The neck is bolted down with 6 bolts for a stronger neck/body bond. Carbon fiber reinforcement rods are used in the neck to strengthen the neck relief and preventing any neck shifting. The fretboard features a 12" radius adding a modern roundness to the feel. The Wilkinson WBBC bridge was customized with a ˜string-thru body' design for a vintage look & sound and modern string-thru for added string resonance and increased sustain. Precision and durability with classic styling make the Grover 142 Series ˜vintage' bass machine heads ideal for a vintage look and modern functions. The die cast housing is a sturdy foundation for maintaining center lines of the worm and gear. A fixed bearing surface in the housing creates a smooth tuning surface for easy tuning and 22:1 gear ratio. The safety string post and "elephant ear" button provide utility and a vintage look.
Construction: 6 Bolt-on
Body Material: Alder
Top Contour: Flat Top
Neck Material: Maple w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods
Fretboard Material: Rosewood
Binding: White 1-ply
Inlays: MOP Dots
Scale: 34" (863mm)
Frets: 20 Narrow X-Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" (305mm)
Neck Shape: Thin ˜C'
Thickness: @ 1st Fret- .826" (21mm)/ @ 12th Fret- .905" (23mm)
Nut: Graph Tech XL Ivory Tusq
Nut Width: 1.653" (42mm)
Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable Rod w/ 5/32" (4mm) Allen Nut
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan MM SMB-4D
Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound P SPB-3
Controls: Master Volume (Series-Parallel Push-Pull)/4-Way Rotary Pickup Selector Switch/Active Seymour Duncan 2-Band 'STC-2S-B0' EQ
Battery Compartment: 18-volt w/Screw Plate
Hardware Color: Chrome
Bridge: Wilkinson Bass WBBC w/Custom String Thru Body
Tuners: Grover Vintage Bass 142 Series
Knobs: Metal Knurled w/ Set Screw
Country of Origin: South Korea
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I've had this bass for a few days now. Out of the box it looked better than in the picture. From the tuners to the bridge you can feel the quality. I bought the DVS (Dark Vintage Sunburst) and it's beautiful. It weighs about 8 1\2 - 9 pounds. Solid, but not heavy, and well balanced . Of course it required tuning, but I put some flats on it anyway. A slight intonation adjustment and I was ready to go. That was it. The nut width, as with a lot of "P" bass' is an 1 5/8". I'm used to a 38mm or an 1 1/2, so I was concerned with that. However, With the Thin "C" shape, it's a breeze to play, and very comfortable with well dressed frets. As for the electronics, that's where this bass shines. With the Seymour Duncan pups wired in series, and parallel along with the active EQ... tones are nearly limitless. You can go from snappy/punchy to a floor rumbling thunder cannon without loosing clarity. Some people might not like all the bells and whistles, but the layout is simple and straight forward. Between the over all build quality and feel, along with the amount of tonal variations, its hard to beat for a bass in this price range.
Schecter Guitar Research Diamond-P Plus Electric Bass Guitar Gloss Black
.Simply put, if you want a top-end P bass, but don't want to break the bank, look no further. This "P Plus" bass by Schecter has effectively the majority of the functions of a Fender Elite Series P bass, but you'll spend about a third the money. It's beautiful, well crafted, and sounds just spectacular. I have to admit I don't use the bridge-position humbucker much, but the Seymour Duncan pickups are great, and give me that P bass sound I was looking for, and, with active electronics and multiple options for pickup selection, I can get a similar J bass sound with a little tweaking. It isn't a Fender, but if you didn't look at the head shape you could be fooled. If you're looking for a great bass, and are in the market for "better than the average bass", and would like to have a top-end type and still have money left in your pocket (for all the other stuff you want), get this bass. Right now.
Schecter Guitar Research Diamond-P Plus Electric Bass Guitar Gloss Black